Apple to Resolve Qualcomm's Patent Dispute Through a Software Update in China

Qualcomm Now Trying To Have iPhone XS, XR Banned In China As Well

Apple to update iPhone software after threat of China ban

Strict enforcement will appear to be an issue as the legal battle between the two tech giants rages on - not just in China but in other parts of the world - including Germany, where Qualcomm is contending that Apple infringed due to its Spotlight search and power management feature. Despite Apple revealing that the iPhone XR has remained the top-selling iPhone model since launch, and despite reports that Apple's manufacturing partners saw substantial revenue growth in November, it's impossible to ignore the sheer number of reports pointing to somewhat disappointing demand for the entry-level iPhone XR. Currently, all the models of the iPhone are available in China.

Apple Inc will push a software update to Chinese iPhone users early next week, aiming to modify functions that a local court found had infringed on a pair of key Qualcomm Inc patents. Well, Apple has prepared to eliminate the infringed features from the iPhones by providing an update.

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Qualcomm has paid a 300 million yuan (US$43.54 million) bond to cover potential damages to Apple from a sales ban and Apple is willing to pay a "counter security" of double that to get the ban lifted, the copy of the reconsideration request shows.

Apple's patent battle with Qualcomm in China has intensified this week, with Qualcomm seeking a broader ban and Apple claiming it has a workaround to avoid Qualcomm's patents.

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Apple and Qualcomm are not the best of friends at the moment, and the relationship breakdown is playing out in the courts. However, Apple must have changed its mind, as now it is pushing an update. Apple's settlement with Qualcomm will result in the latter going back to its old licensing technique with all smartphone vendors which would lead to "unrecoverable losses". iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR within the country.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm has persuaded the US International Trade Commission to consider banning imports of iPhones that use Intel chips, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. If this comes to pass, it would be an enormous win for Qualcomm in its years-long fight with Apple over alleged patent licensing infringement. It says the harm done by the ban to itself, the Chinese government and other companies will be "irreparable".

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